A total of 116 migrants were plucked to safety from the Mediterranean on Saturday, three of whom had week-old bullet wounds, rescuers said.
AFP reported that rescuers found 20 women and a child amongst the men and teenage boys on board, three of whom “presented with gun wounds dating from around a week ago,” humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee said.
The migrants were picked up by the Aquarius, a former North Atlantic fisheries protection ship now used by SOS Mediterranee, following a distress signal alert from the Rome-based Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre.
Two of the injured were said to be teenagers aged 15 and 17.
The Aquarius ship, which has doctors and nurses on board, has picked up some 700 people in distress so far this month as migrants from Syria and elsewhere seek to reach Western Europe and start new lives.